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Poster: He Live's Date: Feb 22, 2008 8:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: DREAM BOWL -- day in history gig

february generally being a slow/down month for the dead i wasn't expecting much for a THIS DAY IN HISTORY survey, but of course we get the first gig of 1974, a three setter at winterland...

but also a personal favorite, The Dream Bowl, VALLEJO CA, 2/22/69

sweet 20 minute DARK STAR followed by a hot CRYPTICAL SUITE, with a super long spacey reprise.


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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 22, 2008 10:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DREAM BOWL -- day in history gig

Oh yeah you two...Arb and I go way back on this show. We have loved it, along with 4-5-69 for quite some time. Both nights at the Bowl are great for a nice little four CD package...4-21 & 4-22 are both right here at LMA.

Warming up for the Fillmore Run...

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Poster: He Live's Date: Feb 22, 2008 7:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DREAM BOWL -- day in history gig

truly, both nights smoke.... i wish i had brought it up yesterday, both 2/21 and 2/22 are killer recordings

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Feb 22, 2008 11:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DREAM BOWL -- day in history gig

I seem to recall that this was one of the first of the good Doc's "Oprah Picks" That was how i first found this gem.

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Feb 22, 2008 11:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DREAM BOWL -- day in history gig

jerry's on fire in this show, o.k maybe dosed, but listen to the jer tear the joint down and burn it to the ground. i wish the sound was good because it would make my life to have it as an official release. i would go ga ga over 2/21 and 2/22 released as a four discer. mountains of the moon into dark star and a crypt/other/crypt for the ages. god i love this show. god i love 69, it's like an addiction. i've got 2/11/69 playing right now.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 22, 2008 7:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DREAM BOWL -- day in history gig

That 2-11 show is epic. How do you like the "tightness" as they open the jam for LL?! And the Eleven is amazing.

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Poster: veblen Date: Feb 22, 2008 8:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DREAM BOWL -- day in history gig

I find myself listening to 2-12 and wondered how this eleven and show compares to 2-11, since I have not heard 2-11.

the 2-12 dark star>st stephan>eleven is pretty sweet!!!

I can't jam this eleven loud enough...and five minutes to go...

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Feb 22, 2008 9:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DREAM BOWL -- day in history gig

and Dr. Flashback says:

Well, it's probably gonna be a top ten. I'll have to hear this one about a dozen more times to decide, there's just so much new good 1969 from the Archive now. Damn ! LOL. But seriously (mostly) this show has been with me for years, from tape, to a hissy SBD on CD a few years ago - and now this great amazingly cleaned-up version. The 'ol Doctor has this one cranked up right now, with plenty of treble, what the hell, and NOOOO hiss (excepting 36 yr. old analog). Thanks Mr. Wizard!!
This classic show begins in an acoustic style, with a flawless Dupree's followed by a Mountains that just stops you in your tracks, it's so beautifully delivered.
The seque into Dark Star is seamless. And what a Dark Star!! Only a week away from THE Dark Star - 2/27/69 selected for Live Dead. They jam on the theme for over 15 minutes, very mellow and Haight-Ashbury 69 afternoonish, if you can dig it. And what a SBD! Everything to my ears is in balance, Pig, Jerry, Mickey's percussion, Phil - all sharing the mix well.
Dream Bowl?? Yeah, I reckon!! You'd have thought you were dreaming if you were about 6th row back when Jerry starts his fuzzed out runs halfway through Dark Star. The middle section is a kaliedoscope of changing themes and colors that keeps you on your aural toes (??) A stellar version that will remain one of favorite 69 Dark Stars.
Like surprises? Get ready, because instead of launching forward into St. Stephen as usual, they count off Cryptical, the bus stops by, and you get on, or OFF as the case may be, ha ha.
This, plus a killer Death Don't (excuse the pun) makes Set One almost unbeatable! Which is the only complaint I have against this show - they didn't leave themselves much to do in Set Two. Well, almost.
A strong Doin That Rag begins the set, with a great vocal performance from Jerry and a hot solo at the end. Then St. Stephen starts out of nowhere, and while it's also good, the star of Set Two is this version of The Eleven. At over 17 minutes, they take those 11 beats to the edge of the cosmos and back again! Garcia's leads are fluid and exciting. The drum work at the end, an exercise in precision.
At this point, they only have two choices left - either set off fireworks or let Pig do Lovelight, which is safer, sort of !?!
A must have 1969 show from one of the Band's peak periods, Spring 1969.
cheers,
Dr. Flashback :-)

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